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Week 2: A Look Back & Some Random Thoughts

Before we get to this week I’d like to cover a few leftover items from last week.  In regards to those who thought that my suggestion to sit Boldin and play Aromashodu was a bad call, I’d like to present Jets’ head coach Rex Ryan, ” … Hindsight being what it is, we probably should’ve matched him on Boldin.”  Rex, do you really need hindsight to realize that you should have put your premiere cornerback on one of the best wide receivers in the NFL?  Boldin had seven catches for 110 yards while Mason and Houshmandzadeh combined for three catches and 48 yards.

Meanwhile, as expected it was Aromashodu, five catches for 71 yards, who led the Bears in targets with 10. I know Aromashodu is not the most polished wide receiver in the league, but a dropped 38-yard pass that would have gone for a touchdown doomed this prediction.  Combine Aromashodu’s butter fingers with Rex Ryan’s brain-fart and I can live with Boldin outscoring Aromashodu 11-7 in non-PPR leagues.

The one upside to Boldin having a good night is that I’ve got a friendly wager with a buddy of mine over who will have the better stats at the end of the year, Boldin or Miles Austin?  We will be using PPR scoring to determine the final stats.  Boldin is a beast and will finish with at least 85-plus catches, 1,200-plus yards and 10-12 TDs.  Meanwhile, you can expect Dez Bryant to eat into Miles Austin‘s production as the season goes on causing those who spent a late 1st/early 2nd round pick on Austin to be quite disappointed. 

In response to this comment that I made last week…

It’s time to put up or shut up.  This is one of the reasons why you play fantasy football, to be able to tell your friends how wrong they were, and how right you were, on a certain player.  A friend of mine had the #2 pick in his dynasty league draft.  I pushed hard for Dez Bryant, but he ultimately selected Jahvid Best.  A Bears’ beatdown on Best would be greatly appreciated today.

One of my faithful readers was kind enough to send this thought along…
 
Undergraduates are not appreciated, Shut up stupid, your the joke of this class.

I give up, I was wrong.  How can I go against Jahvid Best and his 1.4 average yards per carry?

Let’s get this straight, it was ALL Calvin Johnson‘s fault.  All he had to do was tuck the ball in, roll and present the ball.  That’s it.  Instead he chose to use the ball to push himself up so that he could go into full celebration mode.  Megatron cost the Lions a win, not the refs.

Now, with a clear mind, I can move onto this weeks games…

In leagues that start three WRs, Tampa Bay’s Mike Williams is a must start.  An overthrown pass by Bucs’ QB Josh Freeman cost Williams what would have been his second touchdown in Week 1.

Those in dynasty leagues may want to keep an eye on Arizona as QB Max Hall and RB LaRod Stephens-Howling are currently flying under the radar, but could be thrown into the spotlight at some point this season.  Derek Anderson is not the long-term answer and some in Arizona have been been quite surprised by Hall’s quick release.  Cardinals’ head coach Ken Whisenhunt needs someone to step up at running back as Tim Hightower struggles with ball security and Beanie Wells struggles with nagging injuries.

Peyton Hillis had two fumbles, losing one, in last week’s game against Tampa Bay.  The carries were split evenly with nine each for Hillis and Harrison, while Hillis had four receptions to Harrison’s one.  The Browns have a nice matchup against the Chiefs this week and you have to think that Hillis’ two fumbles will lead to Harrison having the bigger game today.

Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice…I know, I know.  Look for Bears’ WR Devin Aromashodu to find the end zone this week.

With Tampa Bay on tap this week look for both DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart to crack the 100-yard mark with a touchdown for each.

Look for another big day from Matt Forte.

All good things must come to an end.  Chris Johnson looks human as he fails to break the 100-yard rushing mark.

With two catches for 62 yards in week one, Mike Wallace may be available in your league.  Go ahead and make an offer.  His value is only going up from here. 

Revis Island or not, Randy Moss gets into the end zone this week.

After being targeted only twice in week one, I still have Texans’ TE Owen Daniels in my lineup.

All good things must come to an end, just not yet.  Patriots’ TE Rob Gronkowski will score a touchdown in his fifth consecutive game dating back to the preseason.

Good luck this week.

Jim Bukowski is a staff writer for FantasySharks.com.  You can find him hanging out at thecornerofknowledge@yahoo.com.

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